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Inmate death at Ventress Correctional believed to be an overdose

Michael Hardy, a 40-year-old incarcerated man at the Barbour County facility, was found unresponsive Monday.


An incarcerated individual at Ventress Correctional Facility died on Monday morning, according to spokesperson for the Alabama Department of Corrections.

Michael Hardy, a 40-year-old incarcerated man at the Barbour County facility, was found unresponsive in his dorm room on Monday. Hardy was taken to the facility health unit for medical assistance, but all life-saving measures were unsuccessful, the spokesperson said.

Hardy was pronounced dead on Nov. 7.

Hardy’s death is believed to be an overdose, according to a source within the Alabama correctional system on Monday, who said that he died around 2:30 a.m. on that Monday morning.

The ADOC has yet to confirm the cause of death, but the ADOC Law Enforcement Services Division is investigating the surrounding circumstances of Hardy’s death.

During the last week of October, another incarcerated individual died at Ventress Correctional Facility, having also been found unresponsive in his dorm.

Charles Rocky Ramsey, a 36-year-old incarcerated man, was pronounced dead on Oct. 26 in the facility healthcare unit.

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An official cause of death has yet to be released, with his body being transported to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences to undergo a postmortem examination.

Ramsey was the thirteenth death confirmed in the state prisons during the month of October.

John is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can contact him at [email protected] or via Twitter.



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